Thursday, April 20, 2017

Theory Thursday: "Mirror Mirror" is Underrated

Scene from Mirror Mirror
Welcome to a weekly column called Theory Thursdays, which will be released every Thursday and discuss my "controversial opinion" related to something relative to the week of release. Sometimes it will be birthdays while others is current events or a new film release. Whatever the case may be, this is a personal defense for why I disagree with the general opinion and hope to convince you of the same. While I don't expect you to be on my side, I do hope for a rational argument. After all, film is a subjective medium and this is merely just a theory that can be proven either way. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Runner-Ups: Greta Gerwig in "20th Century Women"

Greta Gerwig
Every Oscar season, there are a handful of actors who get tagged with the "snubbed" moniker. While it is always unfortunate to see our favorites not honored with at very least a nomination, there's another trend that goes largely unnoticed: those who never even got that far. The Runner-Ups is a column meant to honor the greats in cinema who put in phenomenal work without getting the credit that they deserved from The Academy. Join me every Saturday as I honor those who never received any love. This list will hopefully come to cover both the acting community, and the many crew members who put the production together.

Friday, April 14, 2017

R.I.P. Michael Ballhaus (1935-2017)

Michael Ballhaus
On April 11, 2017, cinematographer Michael Ballhaus passed away at the age of 81. Through is career spanning almost 60 years, he helped to create some of the most memorable films from collaborators Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Mike Nichols, and most notably with Martin Scorsese. His work has created some of the most gorgeous and innovative films in cinema history, including the famous tracking shot in Goodfellas. He lives behind an impressive and expansive body of work that more than speaks for itself. He inspired many to copy his often gorgeous and cryptic style, and it's quite an impressive legacy to have. 

Kathryn Bigelow Returns with a Powerful First Trailer for "Detroit"

Scene from Detroit
It has been five years since director Kathryn Bigelow released a movie. That was the phenomenal Best Picture nominee Zero Dark Thirty, which chronicled the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. While it goes down as one of the more controversial movies of the decade, it is also an intricately paced procedural style through obsession and what fulfillment comes from it. While her recent films have dealt with war overseas, Detroit looks to be capturing the war at home in America. The first trailer shows her tense pacing mixing with her powerful imagery of violence and misunderstanding. Much like her previous films, it's one to look out for this year. It's also probably going to be full of great controversy.